Simple facts about a simple law from a simple …frog?

It seems many (most?) of the critics of the new Arizona immigration enforcement law  have chosen to criticize and condemn without even reading the law (which is a short, easy read — a few pages long). So for simple people, a simple message — from a talking frog.

Read the law. For a state law it’s short, simple, and not at all what its critics have claimed it to be. It’s essentially a mirror of Federal Immigration Law, and yes, it requires non-citizens to carry proof of legal immigration — just like Federal immigration law has for decades.

It’s fine to debate things like this, but let’s debate based on reality, not partisan spin. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”

Personal experience: I myself was a non-citizen living in the U.S. for 23 years and I dutifully, as required by Federal law, carried my “green card” (resident alien registration card) with me everywhere. Neither I nor anyone else I knew thought that was any kind of burden. A sovereign nation is, after all, entitled, indeed required, to police and control its borders. I thought that then, and I think so now.

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